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OFFICIAL PAPER OF COLUMBIA COUNTY PIONEER PAPER OF COLUMBIA COUNTY VOLUME XXXVIII. ST. HELENS, OREGON, FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 1919 NO. 9 PROTEST IS FILED ON SENATE BILL 190 A' POLITICAL SCHEME Many Ht. Helen chiwiir 0iminc Cliniigo in J'""' '"' MMrli't Semite Hill No. l0, Introduced hy Bmiiitura Jliindly. Hunkw mid Norb IimI mid rid the first tlmo Fuhruury Stli, duos nut mo it with tlio npprovul of tho citizens of Ht. Helens ana Columbia county at lurKO. Mid a vig orous protest i IiuIiik mudo tinaliiHt the. punKUK" of the. 1)111. A petition ha been forwarileti to both Hunks nd lli.lliiKii, BHkIng that they uc.e In (liuMii'n to defeat II hill. No'iiw 1'ollthal Hclii-nip TIiuhh who keep In eUtni touah with politics and polif Iclat, scent a ui'nt pl"'o of political strategy, anu stiriulM t lint noma ambition ones who would not bo opioud lo tin cir cuit Jiid;:H, have taken IhU mean of Improving tlx-tr chances at the unit election. It Ix a recosnlxed fuel that Bun-, utor Nurbbtd of AHtorlu, looks with h.tiKlt'K eyes upon till Ju 'Igeshlp. Hevurul yearn ngo, hn opposed Judre Kukln for this portion and lnd li not been for tho large olo Kaltln received In Columblu County, Nor tilod would havo been uloctod. Ho I n a strong 'ollrwlng anions the J A MEM A. EAKIX Judno of the 20th Judlclnl Dlntrlc:, which couiprlm-a Clatsop nnd Colum Ha count les. If Senate Hill No. IDu (the llullugh-IInnks-Norbl: d bill) becomes a law, Jutt;;e Kukln will no longer officiate at terms of tho cir cuit court In Columbia county. The people of the county nro satisfied with Judge F.akln's administration nl do not wIhIi to b separated from ClatiMip county. Bcendaravlunn r-.d bo::ig thor oughly acquainted with tho point ful turiu in Clntsop, usually polls n large vote. It Ih surmised Hint Bvnator Norhlud, therefore, Ih iuit anxious to hnvo Clatsop placed In Judlclnl District all by Itself, rea soulns that lil;i chance for eloc'lon would , ,(r W,n Columbia was " limited, if thU Ih the cam), Nor blad will uho ovory opportunity to force , through. Others arc A nihil lolls It Ih hfklntu.l ... .1... . ...Jl, ni.ti mil uikiuiiB politicians in Washington county would rIho ho bonefltted by tho ""line in tlm dlntrlct. At the prmt 'nt tunn Tlllamor.lt nnd WnHhltuTlon "' In tho Hinin dlHlrlit. nnd Judge iiaijley Ih the proaldlng Judgo. The ri'glHt ration r i- .i..,i.i.. - - -v i tn vi I UIUIHI'IU LOMity Know lUi johi Tgl8lere, votern. In WaHhlnrrton "iiniy the repiHtratlon wan 10.6.18. l.ooklnir ni iii ...i .1.1.. l'n"le. t Ih mm... .1 ' 01 'z",n f Wnalilngton county wish- lv nnnJ ,K0' 1,0 ""8 npproxlmo . ,'' 00 n,1" :-KlHtored "home otors then h rni....i.i.. ... .... Mniuiu t;iiui;ijt up- m.n J" B,,d. rro1" rolumliln land the Judncflilp B0 a gtlow ba Hadea would have 0 growing to 'le pronortlnnH of Ui ti.i .. mirpoHo of tho hill Ih' quite "nppnr- - . ...u.iiM.n county win BMU be tt nollllw.l football nnd there ZT ho no 0,10 1,1 8:ilern " fro- i:fi a I from tho mil A Tew nf tl.A ii. . m. 1 1. ' mnium icaciiren or TIP liltl n.A D..i i M. . ti.,,1, , " Doi-iion i mat tnero 'I I " nnd hereby created a Judl- , . -ol lnn sine -or Oregon, "inpORPil nf i n rn-. riiul t I v-ii t ui i.irumtn, v !,,.,,m, imrpOBB the COUNT lip o l" Jl,"lp'l niHtrlct, etc., liiiii.. . ,n lwo Providea that lite iTi the "prenent judge or ,r .1 " wl" rnHMiiue or ludgu lllrt ""i"ii winiiiui. iiiilii inn I sTo?,"r ,R rtw" nd qualified. ..i.i rollr i,eate a new , air. i . " diimi.io iiiiiiinr. i-ui" nilllii lo n...i ...i.i. , . I. . . Willi tvnHinnginn in "e. lnih rl I... . mil. ",1 , nn iin , nun i iiinmnoK in 'intnehn,! T, .on,i nrnvl.lo fwriro n. nne'ley. the present i toe iuin aiKirict, shall con- (Contlnued on page eight) NO QUORUM AT COUNCIL MEETING Muny IK iim Taken I'mler oiiNldi rn- tlon JiiMt the Hume There wan not a quotum at the council meeting Monday night, io iliHtead of huvlnir a reritlnr usuuLin .Mayor Huxon and C'ouncllinen Mc- iM.mini unci Chapman llHtened to the Informal talk and auggnHtiona of thoHe who camo'to trunauct bUHtneHs. Tlm main Item of InteruHt wan the condition of aeveral aewera. The marHlial reported that he was unable to get lliein clear. Dr. Hohr, city health officer, bIho reported that a newer In that dlHtrlct which la on Winter (rot. wn badly In need or repair, lie uIho mated thdt a cer tain nulnnnce or a year duration wai till in that locality. Mayor Saxon Informed the doc tor that he knew all about the mat ter, but iiud not been able to get any one to uttend to It. The local health officer told tlm iumr tim the condition which exinted were a menace to the health of the .commun ity, and tho mayor promhted to .take come action In the matter. An Informul dlncuxHton aa to certain Mtreet petition, waa brought to the attention of the city dnda, and City Engineer Van Orahovcn promised to make certain chnurTe in the plana so that bids could be BHked for and work begun within a short time. , Many nrr Trem-nt The council chamber was filled with Interested persons. Although thero waa no regular meeting, all of the NpectntorR stayed to seo what would bo done. Those present were: C. I.. Wheeler. Wllllnm Mucltle, L. J VonOrshnven, W. J. Kullerton, 8. It. Bonnelund. U G. Itoss, John Itenhen, Ktnory Cox. J. II. Godfrey and J. W. Day. The matters which should have been acted upon Monday will be brought to the attention of the coun cil at the next meeting, Monday night. February 17th. WAGE? NOT CUT SAYS H. F. M'CORMICK I.IvIiik i:penc MuHt Come iHitvn llefort Wages nro Itetluceil II. P. MeCormlck. manager of the Pt. Helens Lumber Company' and the Ht. Ilelenit Shipbuilding Com pany sa that tlio repirt published In a Cortland labor paper that wages had been cut by tlio concerns of which ho Is manager, are unfound ed and false. Mr. McCortnlck said that no cut In wane would bo Hindu until living expenses had come down. Officers of tho I,. I.. I.. L, wore In terviewed and they utntod that they had been given tssurance that no cut In wages was now anticipated. The report, as to the cut In wages, they said, avB probably a mlsunder, stnndlng cuuhviI by the adoption of k' new ware scale. Heretofore, there has been a m'nlmum wage and a maximum wage. Undo;- the new schedule, which the I.. V. U. I,, has adopted, there Is n minimum' scale which Is slightly under the former schedule, but there Is no maximum nnd the man that Is worth the most, will not he bound by any maximum. The offlcinls ami members of the L. I.. I.. Ij. think this the belter scheme. Inasmuch as no limit Ih set as to what a skilled man may receive for his dally work. OREGONIAN GIVING A FINE SERVICE In keeping with Its rpputr.'.lon of be!ng the best nowRprpo- on tha I'p.clfio ('oust and funlahlng un equalled news nnd delivery sorvleti, the Oregonlan has recently Inprox ed Its delivery servlco bclvoen Port land and (loble. A special delivery tiuck leaves tho Oregonlr.n offloo early In the morning end the Orejon Iiuih urn delivered p.t nil points along tho routo between Portland and (loble before the late rher has had breakfast. The papers nrrlve In St. Helens about 6 a. m., nnd are dis tributed beforo 8 o'clock. The recent chnngo in the -allroad schedule, and the fact that the Ore.-onlan did not roach St. Holons subscribers until 10 o'clock, was responsible for the change In delivory system. The Oregonlan has many sub scribers In this torriio-y and un doubtedly'all of them appreciate the fine service which they now receive. HELF TO ORGANIZE FIRE DEPARTMENT HarrVy W'ellso, state Insurance commissioner, has written Mayor Snxon nnd the St. Helens Chamber of (Commerce that Captain George W. HtoKos will ne in hi. neiens next Monday and aid In the organization of a lire department. Captain Stokes Is a fire fighter of 20 years experience and undoubted ly will give valuable suggestions nnd aid in the organization of the St. Helens fire department. Mayor Saxon and the Chamber or; Commerce have made arrangements ' to entertain the captain while he in, in St. Helens and it is hoped that an ' efficient fire department will be or-Cr.nlzod, BOYS' CONFERENCE BEGINS TONIGHT A FINE PROGRAM Many Columbia County lioya Are Here to Attend the Conference The first annual conference of the ''Older Hoys" of Columbia county, begins tonight, and will be held In the Methodist church. Geo. V. Mc Clure, Columbia county secretary of the Y. M. C. A., thinks that not less than 100 boys from districts out side of St. Helens, will be In attend ance. Many of the young fellows l ave been arriving In St. Helens dur ing the day and a large delegation Is expected tonight. The committee on arrangements have everything In shape to take care of the boys as they arrive, and the hospitable people of St. Helens have thrown their houses open to the boys. Program Starts Tonight The program of the conference, which starts tonight, Is: Friday 7:30 P. M. Registration and assign ment. 7:45 P. M. Who's who and where from. 8:00 P. M. Dig sing, led by Harold Humbert, general secretary of the Oregon Sunday School Asso ciation. Appointment of Committees Welcome from City Dads, Judge W. J. Fullerton. Welcome from City Boys, Mason Dlllard. Response Merlin Schneider of Clatskanle. Address, Frank Moran, Rolling Hay, Wash., regional director XI 8. Hoys' Working Reserve. Address: Dr. E. II. Pence. Saturday 8:30 A. M. leader's meeting. :00 A. M. Song and Devotions. 9:30 A. M. Huslness Session, elec tion of officers, announcements, Invitations for next conference. 10:00 A. M. The Three "C'a" By Prof. B. R. King, (a) Clean Speech, (b) Clean Sports, (c) Clean Habits. 11:00 A. M. American Standard Program (J. O. Meehan, sec retary Boys' Work Portland City Association. 11:45 A. M. (Conference Picture. 12:00 Noon Lunch. 1:30 P. M. Song and Devotions. 3:00 P. M. The HI Y ClubPaul L. Newmeyer. Interstate Boys' secretary. 2:30 P. M. Keeping Fit. Dr. Elliott, director Oregon Hygiene society. 3:00 P. M. Athletic tests and games directed by T. H. Gawley. assis tant physical director, Portland Y. M. C. A. 6:30 P. M. Fellowship Supper, a St. Helens man for every con ference boy. Addresc of the evening by Tracy Strong, Seat tle, Wellington. Sunday 8:00 A. M. Song and Devotions. 9:45 A. M. Sunday School. 11:00 A. M. Leaders In church pul pits. 3:00 P. M. Double Header Boys Congregational Church, Speak er, Frank Moran. Men's Con forence church. Speaker, Pres. Levi T. Pennington, Marshalr Dnna. 7:30 P. M. Union Services Special services of ' stng. Address by Frank Moran, Seattle. Address by Lieut. Petard of French army. Farewell Circle. GOVERNMENT BOAT IS LAUNCHED Bt earner Fort Slierldsn HlldcH Into the Water The government steamer Fort Sheridan was launched at the yard of the St. Helens Shipbuilding Com pany Wednesday afternoon at 3:15 o'clock. Miss Helen Phillips, daugh ter of Mr. and Mrs. Tupper Phillips, christened the vessel, which slid from the ways without the slightest hitch. A large number of people wit nessed the launching, which was in every wny successful. The Fort Sheridan Is a Ferrla type vessel, 286 feet long, 48 feet beura and 22 feet In depth and her carry ing capacity Is 3600 tons. The keei of the vessel was laid the latter part of September and good progress has l8on made In the construction of the vessel as It was about 92 per cent complete, with the exception of the boilers and engines, when launched. WORK ON DOCK IS PROGRESSING Contractor O'Connor is waking good progress cn the construction of the city dock. All of the piling have boen driven and his force cf men are now placing the caps. This work, Mr. O'Connor thinks, will be completed within a few days and then - the planking will be laid. He thinks that the entire Job will be completed within the coming thirty d?ya and la working with this object In view. Mayor Saxon hr.s the pile driver end logs ready for the placing of the floating dock, nnd this Job, r.lso, will be completed In the near frtv.re. BIG DAMAGE CASE - IS NOW ON TRIAL $29,000 ASKED IN SUIT Tut Hop County Ih lk-fendant and Judge Campbell Presides The circuit court was convened yesterday to try the case of Field shaw vs. Clutsop County. The plain tiff Is suing for $29,000. On account of Judge Kukln being a taxpayer in Clatsop county, and all of ;he regular Jury for this term of court being In the same condition, the plaintiff ask ed for a change of venue to Colum bla county. It wag granted and Judge Campbell of Clackamas county Is hearing the case before a Colum bia county jury. Incompleted Koad Contract The plaintiff signed a contract with the Clatsop county court to perform certain work on the Lewis end Clark highway In Clatsop coun ty. The county officials claim that he was negligent In performing the work and that the terms of the con tract were not lived up to. There fore, they cancelled the contract and had the balance of the work com pleted at the county expense. The contractor, thereupon, brought an action for $29,000 and claims that the county owes him this amount. The county has set up a counter claim and is introducing evidence to show that they are out $36,000 ou the contract, and that Instead of the contractor expecting to receive money from the county, he should pay the qounty a balance for the work which he was unable to or did not ! complete. It Is understood that the plaintiff lost money on the Job, but It was through no fault of the county, as he bid on a certain Job for a certain amount, and as far as can be ascer tained, when the county saw he could not complete the' job, they stepped In and did the work. The contractor then Instituted proceed ings. Much detail evidence is to be pro duced and It la not thought that the case will go to the Jury before to night or tomorrow. CLATSOP COUNTY FAVORS COLUMBIA C. G. Fulton and Edwin Judd, As toria lawyers, who are here repre senting Clatsop county in a case be ing tiled in the circuit court, are not In favor of a change In the 20th Judicial district, unless, as they t-tate, Columbia county wishes such change. The general Impression In Astoria, it seems. Is that Columbia wishes to get away from Clatsop, ana the latter county being very friend ly to Columbia, does not wish to stand In the way of anything where Columbia might gain some advan tage. It .was explained to the As toria attorneys that scheme of de taching Columbia from Clatsop did not originate In this county, but wab mred in Clatsop. Both of them were surprised and stated that they hoped I he legislature world not fall for the political scheme as contained in Senate Bill 190. They could see no necessity for such change, as the Judge oftho 20th district has r.mple time to attend to the court business of both Clatsop and Columbia. LOGGING OPERATIONS MAY SOON RESUME L. H. Brlggs, one of the owners ot the Milton Creek Logging company, was here Monday. He states that his company may resume operations within the coming sixty days. Th log market, he said, was so unsettled, that the company did not feel Inclined to begin operations Just now. During the suspension if the logging opera ttons, some work will be done on the extension of the logging railroad. Bet-inning at the present site of tho camp, the road will cross the higtv way and following Milton creek, again ctom the highway near the city Vfter works and continue up Mli ton creek towards Trenholm The company has sufficient timber to con tinue logging operations for the coat ing five years, and It ia possible that more will be secured and the logging railroad extended towards the Ne halem. ANOTHER CHURCH IS DEDICATED Seventh Day Adventiste Have Dedi catory Exercises ' St. Helens now has another house of worship which was dedicated on Saturday evening, February 9th. It la the Seventh Day Adventlst church which was recently built and Is locat ed In West St. Helens. The cost of the building of worship was $1381.60 and the furnishing en tailed an additional expenditure of $15.00. The lot, on which the edifice Is built, cost $100, making a total expenditure of $1646.60, all of which has been paid. The St Hel ens church of this faith has a "mem bership of about 46 people. GOOD PROGRAM HAS BEEN ARRANGED Next Meeting of Chamber of Com merce Will be Interesting Charles Wheeler, who was appoint ed chairman of the day for the next, meeting of the Chamber of Com merce, which will be held on Wed nesday the 19th, has arranged a program which is Interesting and entertaining. A well known Portlana citizen will give a short talk on what the building of the highway means to Columbia county, and other coun ties through which it passes. The speaker, whose name Mr. Wheeler has not given to the Mist, is a man who is intimately acquainted with the highway situation In Oregon, and he comes here to aid in the general road program. KeprrwenUtlve Ballagh Invited Mr. . Wheeler has sent an invita tion to Representative Edison I. Ballagh, and asked that he be here to tell the Chamber of Commerce "What Is Doing in the Legislature." Mr. Ballagh has not responded to Mr. Wheeler's request that he be present, but it is presumed that Mr. Ballagh will take favorable action and favor the Chamber with his presence and make an Interesting talk on what is doing in Oregon's legislative halls. D. C. Howard to Speak One of the principal speakers on the program is D. C. Howard, county agricultural agent. He will tell how the Chamber of Commerce can aid the agricultural interests of the county. Mr. Howard has Just return ed from a conference of the county agents which was held at Corvallls. and undoubtedly has valuable in formation and suggestions o give the t nam iter or Commerce. Before the social session, a short business meeting will be held, and the evening's business will be con cluded with the progrr.m as outlined and a lunch. All members of the Chamber are requested to be present. COLUMBIA COUNTY MAKES GOOD RECORD Bunds High In Contributions to Mar Work Activities Charles Wheeler, chairman for Columbia county for the United War Work drive, has handed the Mist an interesting statement showing the results which were obtained in the several localities in the county. It wll be noted that Columbia county went far over "the top" In amount cf subscriptions as compared to the Quota. The statement Ib; With the final payment this week on cash subscriptions made during the drive the latter part of November by the Columbia County War Work council, the total sum raised and listed on pledge cards amounts to $20,660.77. Ot the above amount the boys and girls ot Columbia County, under the direction of Mr. Geo. B. McClure of Rainier, raised $1,055.25, which was a little more than 200 per cent ot the amount they set out to raise. Below is given a list of the amounts subscribed by the v.-.rious districts: Scappoose $1,711.11! Warren 695.41 St. Helens 4,563.07 Yankton 626.00 Vernonla 379.86 Columbia City 2,074.02 Deer Island , 870.60 Goble 781.70 Rainier 2,900.00 Helena 1.148.2b Clatskanle 2,439.60 Lower Nehalem 2,571.24 The general committee wishes to convey "to the one hundred eighty four chairmen and solicitors its ex pression of appreciation and grati tude for the devoted and effective co operation In helping to insure th success oi tnis great patriotic under taking. In these momentus days, sig nalized by the victorious. ending of the great world struggle and the ushering in of a new era. those who made possible the greatest voluntary offering In the history of mankind have rendered an Inestimatable serv ice to the men of the military and naval forces of the United States and her allies, to the homes from which they came end the nations which sent them. COLUMBIA COUNTY WAR WORK CdUNCIL. By Charles L. Wheeler, County Director. EIGHTH GRADE PUPILS RECEIVE DIPLOMAS Many in Clans Pass Excellent Ex- amina'tionn and Receive Diplomas ! Examinations we-e givea the pupils In the eighth sratfo this week and the results we-e excellent. Teacher and pupils were gratified at the ex cellent showins. Those who receiv ed diplomas were. Katie Lynch, Mar lon Cox, Rose Cor8iKll!ti, Que Gr.ge, Francis Goth, Carl Brown, Athelone Chittlm, Edward Salta and John Sten. Those conditioned Into the high school e.re. Serena Malrain, Qelia Con stsntln. Robert Blackbnrn, Paul Noff, Willie Lynch, Ernest Sr.lta. Miss Gertrude Liggett la the teacher ot the eighth grade. BANKS AND BALLAGH HAVE FUNNY IDEAS WHO IS "MAJORITY" Representative Favors Placing Col- ' umbU with Washington It Is evident that both Senator Banks and Representative Ballagh have queer ideas as to the sentiment ot the people in Columbia county, and that tha "mntnrtlr" tha nuW ot must be some unknown quantity in mis neck of the woods, for' thorough search has not located the "majority." Mr. Ballagh wrote the Chamber of Commerce that be has agreed upon detaching . Columbia from Clatsop and placing It with Washington because "a majority of the people in 8t. Helena wished suca change." When interviewed by the Mist, he stated he had talked to tha majority ot the lawyers and tha CnlinlT Of ftcloU nnH all nf tHam .... In favor of the bill. Banks Atoo Mislead That Banks has also been mlsleaa Is Indicated in hla lettai- nf tha 11th addressed to the Chamber ot Com merce in which he stated; "In reply permit ma to say I waa informed by Representative Ballagu that he was In favor of this bill and I yielded to his judgment, as ha lives in St. Helena and la familiar with conditions. "It would be Impossible for Col umbia county to have a separata judicial district this session of tha legislature "The county officials and tha at torneys in Columbia county seem to favor the proposed change, but I be- ' lleve it will result in better servlca for Columbia county. I regret, how . ever, there ia any difference of opin ion, but of course this is not unusual and I will be governed by what I think is tor the best interest ot Col umbia county." So that Ballagh and Banks may understand just how tho people and the county officials feel about tha matter, the Mist la glad to be able to furnish a copy of the petition, which says: Honorable E. I. Ballagh and . Honorable W. W. Banks. . Salem, Oregon, Gentlemen: We, the undersigned petitioners and residents of Columbia county. Oregon, do hereby most respectfully remonstrate against Columbia coun ty being detached trom the Twen tieth Judicial District of the State of Oregon, unless same can be placed In a judicial district by Itself. Respectfully submitted, ST. HELENS CHAMBER OF COM- ' MERCE (By resolution of IS members). E. E. Quick, City Recorder; JS. A. Ross, merchant; J.ia. W. McDonald, councilman; Von A. Gray, jeweler; H. S. Mason, merchant; J. B. God frey, real estate; Geo. H. Shlnn. at torney; W. B. Dillard, attorney, Charles Graham, banker; H. A. Childs, banker; Sherman Miles, banker: H. E. LaRara. rt iff; Bessie Hattan, county treasurer: . . num. county cierx; Maria Paulsen, deputy clerk; C. W. Blakes. ley, assessor; Mai tin White, deputy assessor; L. J. VanOrshoven, county surveyor; J. W. Allen, school super, intendent; Jos. L. Copeland, auto dealer; M. Saxon, mayor; F. A., George, capitalist; James O'Connor, merchant: U. 8. DeSnnln eanltall.t- A. L. Stone, banker; Henry Morgus, capitalist; Fred Morgus, merchant; M. F. Hazen, Justice of the peace; J. D. McDonald, merchant; W A. Harris, attorney; E. A. Rotger, tner- chant; Thos. C. Watts, merchant, Reuben; J. F. Johnson, auto stage; J. W. Day, attorney; H. F. McCor mlck, manager St. Helens Lumber ComDany and Rt Union q shnh..n.i. Ing Company, C. C. Cassatt, salea manager, St. Helens Lumber Com pany; Charles Wheeler, vice presl. dent Chamber of Commerce; L Rutherford, capitalist; W. J. Ful lerton. county judge; N. O. Larabee, auto stage; S. C. Morton, publisher. Many other individuals whoes names are not available, signed, tha petition, so It is rather queer where Ballagh and Banks get the Idea ot "the lawyers pnd county officials being in favor of the change, as Metsker and Stanwood are the only county oficlals who did not sign the petition. - The people of Columbia county should be very grateful to Banks for his kind thoughts of doing what ha 4 thought "for the best Interests of Columbia county" but his letter ' shows conclusively that he haa not " Investigated the matter, or else l br.nd in hand in Norblad in sett In r this bill through. The friends ot Mr. Ballagh are much dtcappolnted that he has ex pressed his opinion as being In favor, -of the bill and are beselglnc hW with requests to let Columbia county stay where it Is and take the matter' out of the hands of ambitious poIK" tlrlan. r - The action of Senator Banks is also a disappointment to the many ' here who supported him at the re- t-fin cmniua ami u now seems tnac . It was a grave mistake to elect him Instead of Herman Lawla, who for merly was senator and whose hsneety was not Questioned.